How to Know When Your Intuition is Real or Not

One of the most frequent questions I get is "How do I know when my intuition is real or I'm making it up?"

There are many characteristics of a true and real intuitive message. One is that a real intuition message is clear, short and to the point. It may be a flash of an image and the image is hard to manipulate in your mind. Many times a real intuitive message gives you a stronger feeling or "knowing" than your made up thoughts. The problem is that intuitive messages are very subtle and are often over looked. Intuition speaks the language of symbols most of the time and when comes to us in words, we confuse it with our conscious thoughts.  I can describe to you what other people experience when they receive a real intuitive message, but you can only really know what a real intuitive message is like when you experience it yourself.

How do you do that? By practicing and exercising your intuition.

One of the most frequent searched phrase that people put in google that leads them to me is "intuition exercises" which is great! Remember the key to practicing your intuition is to practice on things that don't have a high emotional value. Don't practice on major life decisions either. Highly emotional and serious life decisions are probably the hardest to use your intuition on but it can be done once you've practiced enough and developed your intuition skill. Here are some examples of how you can exercise your intuition.

1. You are always making minor decisions every day, practically all day. This gives you the perfect opportunity to exercise your intuition mostly because lots of those decisions are for small unimportant things. Here's an example, you're driving down the road and there is construction in the middle which splits the lanes around it, you can choose to go left or right. Or perhaps you come up to a tollbooth and need to choose a lane. Ask your intuition which way to go is faster, then be open for it to answer because it will. Here's how you can notice what it is saying. Do you feel a pull in one direction over another? Does one way look brighter or more attractive to you? Where did your eyes look first just after you asked your intuition the question?

2. When you have a choice you can exercise your intuition to see what you're drawn to. For example, in a restaurant when the bread basket comes to you, as you're selecting one see which one feels appealing, or looks more attractive but don't try use your logic to choose. You can also use your intuition when picking a new or different brand in the grocery store in the same way. No matter how small the decision is, you can always use your intuition. In fact, it may be better to practice on the really small decisions because it's easier for you to play with your intuition and not worry about the outcome which messes up your ability to receive your intuitive signs and messages. Have fun, play by asking your intuition in your mind what should you choose? Then go with the first thing that pops up in your mind. 

3. Finding a good place to eat is another great intuition exercise. Say you're on vacation or perhaps on a business trip to a place you've never been before, you can use your intuition to find a good place to eat or find that perfect restaurant. What is even better is to use your intuition to choose what to eat when you're looking at the menu, particularly eating something you've never had before. We often make choices through a logical process of deduction, or figuring it out. Before you deduce, ask your intuition "Which should I choose?" and allow yourself to be present, open and try to be aware of what pops up in your mind as a picture, a feeling, thought or a word. Go with that choice and see if it was a good one when the food comes!

THE best way to improve your intuition is to practice using it as often as possible. Even better is doing the intuition exercises with someone else. If you can find someone who is willing to practice with you that's great. Or you can join a class and easily find like minds to practice with. When I teach Developing Your Intuition, I make sure that we do lots of intuition exercises both with each other and alone. 

To sum it up, these are intuition exercise suggestions. Of course, you'll need to learn how your intuition comes to you and the ways it does, as well as triggering it to happen. Some of my other articles and videos explain a bit on how to do that or you can look up my or other people's courses on developing your intuition. Some of my other newsletters and articles give you insight on how intuition comes to you and the ways it happens. Check them out, or stay tuned for more here in your email inbox!

Lisa K. PhD, is a teacher, author and speaker specializing in intuition and creator of Developing Your Intuition. Known as the intuition expert, Lisa has taught hundreds of people in workshops and seminars. Lisa K.’s public appearances reach people around the world through guest speaking and online media. Get a FREE eBook on Intuition an 16 exercises you can do alone at

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